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Work/Life Training and Education

Work/Life offers workshops on a variety of issues either by request from departments, or by open enrollment in classes. Topics include, but are not limited to: caregiving for children and teenagers, self-compassion for caregivers, relaxation strategies, and financial literacy. 


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Fall 2022 Parenting Workshops

Planning Your Pregnancy Leave

Thursday, September 15th, noon - 12:50 pm via Zoom

Speakers: Yvette Escobar, UCB Disability Counselor, Kristin Rissanen Ikuta , UCB Academic Personnel, Gabe Schmidt, Healthcare Facilitator, Jurrisha Johnson, Leaves Coordinator

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of income supplements: sick/vacation/pto/pfcb etc. and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both academic and staff employees.


Breema: Simple Practice for Complicated Times

Wednesday, September 21st, 12:10 - 1 pm

(In-Person at the Staff Community Garden, next to Li Ka Shing Center)

Speaker: Angela Porter, MFT, Breema Center

Join us for this in-person experiential workshop where we will learn to slow down and connect. This outdoor workshop will feature simple Breema self care exercises and moving meditation,offering nurturing and vitalizing self-care practice for unifying and balancing the energies of body, mind, and feelings.  We hope to see you here. Please come comfortably dressed and prepared for light movement activity.


Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work

Thursday, October 6th, 1 pm - 4:15 pm via Zoom

Speakers: Tina Benitez / Tomas Handelsman

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding
basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already
attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.


Transitioning Back After Baby Bonding Leave

Tuesday, October 18th, noon - 12:50 pm via Zoom

Speakers: Karen Patchell, MA., Elliott DiTusa, LPCC., Mary Kelly, MS., Greg Ryan, Be Well at Work

The transition back to work after baby bonding for both birth and non-birth parents can feel overwhelming under regular circumstances. During a pandemic, with remote work for many, it comes with even more challenges, and some opportunities. It can be filled with a vast array of emotions, concerns, and limitations, not to mention demanding and conflicting schedules.

Join us for this virtual panel workshop focused on understanding both positive and negative emotions related to this transition, how to establish boundaries at work, benefits and accommodations available to working parents, ergonomic strategies for multiple workstations, and self-care resources to help ease the physical and mental pressure associated with working while caregiving for a young child.


Conscious Co-Parenting

Wednesday, November 2nd, noon - 12:50 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Amy Kelly, MFT, The Children's Institute

 Have you ever felt like your ex-partner is not on your team when it comes to your children? Do you feel annoyed that you are forced to continue a relationship with the person who you decided to separate from because of your children? This workshop will provide concrete tools on how to communicate differently with your ex while you both stay grounded and centered.  It will help you make changes that are empirically evidenced to ultimately benefit your children.  Run by the founder of The Children’s Institute, a multi location counseling center, Amy Kelly brings expertise and insight working with diverse and unique needs of children and families throughout Northern California.


Fall 2022 Financial Workshops

Identify and Prioritize Your Saving Goals

Tuesday, October 11th, noon - 12:50 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Laura Crymble, Fidelity

This workshop offers effective tips and strategies to help you save for the things that are important to you, such as building an emergency fund, paying off student loans, buying a home, saving for retirement, and more.


Starting Your Investment Portfolio

Tuesday, October 25th, noon - 12:50 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Kenneth Leung, Millar Financials

With so many different headline news, like Russia invasion, high inflation, supply chain issues, there are many uncertainties in the future. You have saved money for your retirement and for the unpredictable, but do you know how your money is working for you? Do you understand the stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that are hotly discussed all over the investment news? Join us for this workshop which will identify and discuss first steps to gaining basic knowledge of your investments.


Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, December 6th, noon - 12:50 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Laura Crymble, Fidelity

This workshop can help you learn how to determine when retirement is feasible based on projected savings and expected financial challenges in retirement. It also covers estimating how long savings may last with a solid retirement income plan. We will also learn how to develop a retirement income plan that tracks income and expenses through retirement.


Elder Care Training and Education

The Elder Care program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to elder care and caregiver resilience. The workshops are presented by professionals and experienced caregivers. These workshops are open to current UC Berkeley and LBL employees and generally take place on a weekday from 12:10-1:30pm.